June 26, 2014

The Pew Research Center’s Political Typology looks beyond “Red vs. Blue” in American politics, sorting voters into cohesive groups, based on their attitudes and values – not their partisan labels.

Use this tool to compare the groups on key topics: U.S. & Economy, Politics & Elections, Government & Economic Policy, Foreign Policy & Security, Domestic Policy and Religion & Society. You can also compare the groups by their demographics.

View the 2017 Political Typology

Next Generation Left

Young, well-educated and financially comfortable, the Next Generation Left have very liberal attitudes on many issues, including homosexuality and abortion, the environment and foreign policy. They are supportive of an activist government, but wary of expanding the social safety net. They also have relatively positive views of Wall Street’s impact on the economy. While most affiliate with the Democratic Party or lean Democratic, few consider themselves strong Democrats.

  • Key Issues
  • Next Generation Left
  • General Public
It is NOT necessary to believe in God in order to be moral and have good values
Stricter environmental laws and regulations are worth the cost
Relying too much on military force to defeat terrorism creates hatred that leads to more terrorism
Government aid to the poor does more good than harm
Society is better off if people make marriage and having children a priority

Social Characteristics

  • Fully 88% of the Next Generation Left say that homosexuality should be accepted by society and 78% favor same-sex marriage.
  • This group has the highest share of self-described moderates (53%) in the political typology.
  • About two-thirds (68%) are non-Hispanic whites and 15% are Hispanic.
  • Roughly three-quarters (74%) have some college experience and 62% are financially satisfied.
  • Only about half of the Next Generation Left (47%) view religion as very important and only about one-in-five (21%) attend services at least weekly.
Ideological Placement

Distribution of Next Generation Left and the overall public on a 10-item scale of political values. Learn more about the scale.

Next Generation Left make up of the population